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Spent a week in Sept 2007, as usual, eating some great food in Oahu. After reading the hole in the wall thread, we tried to visit a few. Here is a quick synopsis of where we ate.

Shiro's Saimen Haven- Won Ton Mein with Vegetables- got off the plane, drove here, ate- always very good.

Leonard's- Chocolate and Haupia Malasada- both highly recommended.

Tanioka's- Dried Poke, Limu Poke, Spicy Shoyu Poke, Spicy Marlin Poke- All were fresh and delicious- Dried Poke was extra delicious.

Liliha Bakery- Coco Puffs and the lightest fluffiest pancakes we ever ate.

Helen's Hawaiian Foods-Pipikaula Style Short Ribs, Kalua Pig, Haupia, Onions and Salt. My SO commented that she hasn't onions and salt since she was young- this was definitely old school.

Side Street Inn- We actually went here twice. Stick to basics and don't dive too deep into the menu-
Top Tier-Fried Pork Chops, Garlic Soy Beans, Beef Poke, Tofu Poke.
Second Tier- Chicken Misoyaki, Chicken Salad, Smoked Pork, Fried Noodles,

Souvaly Thai Cuisine- Crispy Fried Chicken Curry, Stuffed Angel Wings.

Pineapple Room-Butter poached lobster, Curry braised short ribs, Plantation Ice Tea. Having eaten here for dinner for the first time (we always eat lunch only here), I was truly impressed by the food and would bypass Alan Wong's and come here instead.(less crowded and noisy with the same quality of food). Also, its easier to get a reservation at the last minute.

Boots and Kimo- Port. Sausage and Swiss Cheese Omelet- This was a great combination. Banana Mac Nut Pancakes- We have to have this when we go.

Teddy's Bigger Burger- Cheeseburger. They had a lot of different flavored fries to choose from but it is a granulated sprinkled powder that is mixed into the fries, I will pass next time on the flavored fries.

Mitsu-Ken- Garlic Chicken Plate- This is worth risking the parking ticket to get this chicken.Giant pieces of fried chicken with a hint of garlic. Wow.

Tsukenjo's- Roast Pork and Gravy Plate and Fried Noodle Plate- This place is not worth the risk of getting a parking ticket.

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  1. Just got back from Honolulu last night and ate pretty well too. Tried Sorobol's the first night and was kind of disappointed after all of the high recommendations. Compared it to Kim Chee II but they both had their pluses and minuses. Sekiya's in Kaimuki was packed as usual but the food was old school Japanese. I had the fried saimin and the wife had the pork tofu which were great. Kua Aina's for the best juiciest hamburgers was still a lunch favorite as well as the Big City Diner in Kailua, Ala Moana, and Kaimuki. Rainbow's still made hearty plate lunches just like I remember them way back in the 60s.

    For high end dining, Shogun and Tsujiki were both great but expensive. Both places make excellent shrimp tempura and all of their sushi were fresh. Best was their giant Alaskan King Crab legs.

    1. socal boy, thanks for the report and glad you enjoyed the food. You really made the rounds of local places and all your research shows.

      Clinton, sounds like you also had a nice visit food wise. That reminds me, I need to make a trek over to Rainbow Drive In for a boneless chicken plate.

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      1. re: curiousgeo

        The Rainbow Drive In Boneless chicken plate is the one place that I didn't make it to. Maybe next time.

      2. where is Tanioka's for poke?

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        1. re: spang

          On the makai (ocean) side of Farrington Highway in Waipahu. An amazingly busy small shop.

          1. re: curiousgeo

            Its a little out of the way, but this is one of the best places I have had poke on Oahu.